A building permit is required for any new commercial structure or multi-family residential project with three or more units or a commercial alteration project, which includes additional exterior work, structural changes or increase in the building footprint.
Find out how to research your property and where to locate the information in preparation for your permit application.
Determine what your fees will be.
Determine what the system development charges will be for your project.
The bureau offers four early assistance levels for commercial customers.
- Visit the Development Services Center to talk with Building staff, Planning and Zoning staff and staff from the Portland Department of Transportation, the Bureau of Environmental Services, and the Bureau of Fire, Rescue, and Emergency Services. Portland Parks and Recreation and Water Bureau staff can be reached by phone.
- There are some projects that have complicated building or fire code issues that may need additional assistance. In some cases staff may set up an appointment with a plan reviewer and a fire marshal to answer building and fire code questions; a Bureau Process Manager may be assigned to the project; or a meeting will be scheduled with a team of city staff to review the project.To find out what early assistance meeting best fits your needs, please call (503) 823-7310, or see the Preliminary Meeting Request Packet - Life Safety.
- Land Use Pre-Application Conferences for those projects that require one
- By appointment, for land use early assistance or by appointment with multiple review agencies